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Among the unvaccinated, delta variant more than doubles risk of hospitalization

A doctor uses a stethoscope as she examines a COVID-19 patient at a medical center in Torrance, California, on Aug. 5. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

(Melissa Healy/ The Seattle Times) — New research from England’s public health service has confirmed a suspicion spawned by bursting hospital wards across the United States: The delta variant of the coronavirus not only spreads 50% more readily than the alpha variant it rapidly overtook, it’s also making unvaccinated people sicker.

Through most of April and May, unvaccinated Britons who were infected by the delta variant were more than twice as likely to be admitted to hospitals than were their unvaccinated peers who were infected with the alpha strain, which was first identified in the United Kingdom.

In addition, unvaccinated people infected with delta were more likely than those infected with alpha to seek care in a hospital’s emergency department, the new study found. (…)

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